Girl in the Mirror

By Sarah Martinique, age 15, South Carolina

Have you ever stared in the mirror, and thought about what someone said about you that was negative? It is as if the person in the mirror changes right in front of you from a girl who is gorgeous, just the right size, and couldn't care less. With your self-esteem depleting you see a girl with just a little too much flab and pimples the size of Jupiter who could never get a decent boyfriend.

Did you know that a low self-esteem can be not only dangerous to you mentally, but also physically? One of the leading causes of anorexia and bulimia is the lack of self-esteem. You always see the unrealistic size of models and how gorgeous they are. I believe it is time to stop looking around and waiting for someone to call you pretty and instead do it yourself!

As a fifteen year old teenager I am very unpopular. I know I'm pretty, but someone always has something to say to put you down. I know this may sound ridiculous, but ignore them. As a little girl my mother always told me to ignore people - they are just jealous.

I used to look in the mirror and say to myself, Who would be jealous of this hideous face? My mom would joke with me, and say, "If we could only buy you some self-esteem on ebay." Well, I've checked. There is no way ebay sells self-esteem ... unless it's sold out.

I'm here to tell you you're gorgeous. Look in the mirror. Here are a couple tips I've come up with to boost that self-esteem:

Instead of walking down the hallways with your head down, look up and stare at the people who look you down. If they dare to laugh, tell them how glad you are that they seem to think of you every day.

The next time you look in the mirror, instead of putting yourself down, look at the good things about you. Make a list of pros about your body and your face. If you always live your life in the negative, then you can only expect negative comments from people around you.

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." - Buddha

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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